5th-graders will take a field trip to Forsyth Library to see Ben Franklin documents

09/24/15
by Sophia Young
HAYS, Kan. -- Authentic historical documents written by one of America's greatest founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin, will bring 300 Ellis County fifth-graders to Fort Hays State University on Monday, Sept. 28.

A charitable donation to FHSU from an alumnus, Dr. Cecil Currey -- two handwritten letters from Benjamin Franklin and two original pages of the Pennsylvania Gazette -- has been the center of an annual educational event for the past nine years. Each year, college students from the Department of Teacher Education organize activities related to the papers.

The daylong event is designed to educate fifth-graders on Ben Franklin and his contribution to American Society.

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